Kanye West pays tribute to judge Jennifer Lopez as full ‘American Idol’ audition is revealed – watch

West attended audition with wife Kim Kardashian

Kanye West‘s full American Idol audition is available to view online.

The rapper turned up to audition for judges Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and Harry Connick Jr. in a clip you can see below. Asked what he does for a living, West tells the panel that he started out as a producer and that “I always wanted to rap, and nobody really believed in me.”

Spotting an opportunity to impress one judge in particular, he then performs ‘Gold Digger’ which namechecks Jennifer Lopez in flattering terms.

After finishing his audition, West is given the ‘Golden Ticket’, an automatic pass to the next round. “I can’t believe it!” he shouts as wife Kim Kardashian waits outside the door. Watch the clip below.

The audition is merely promotion for the upcoming final season of American Idol. In reality Kanye West is finishing work on new album ‘Swish’. He recently revealed new song ‘Facts’. West released the track on New Year’s Eve. The track uses Future and Drake’s ‘Jumpman’ as a sample and can be heard here.

‘FACTS’ was West’s third totally new release of the year, and follows ‘All Day’ and ‘FourFiveSeconds’, while new track ‘Wolves’ was also unofficially debuted earlier at a fashion show. A new album entitled ‘SWISH’ was announced back in March 2015, but so far there’s no word on a release date for West’s seventh record, which is expected sometime in 2016.

West has asked that he be left alone until the record is released, posting on Twitter: “no offense to anyone… I’m asking everyone DON’T ASK ME FOR ANYTHING TILL AFTER I’M FINISHED WITH MY ALBUM”.

Kanye’s second child Saint West was born on December 5, a brother for West and Kim Kardashian’s daughter North West, who was born in 2013.